After two rural Georgia hospitals this summer announced that they were shutting down, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution set out to examine the complex forces that have led to closures and how a rural healthcare safety net might be preserved.
For this story, the AJC compiled information from Medicare cost reports, municipal bond documents, lawsuits and other public records. The newspaper also talked with dozens of healthcare professionals, including rural hospital executives, government regulatory leaders, forensic auditors and consultants, to try to understand why so many facilities fail.
Our Managing Director, Don Bivacca, was tapped to give his insight on this issue. The full story is linked below: